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Michael J. Hinzpeter

Died: Tuesday, February 04, 2014
Age: 63
Michael J. Hinzpeter, 63, Lake Geneva, died Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014, at his residence.

He was born May 3, 1950, in Elkhorn, the son of Calvin “Spud” and C. Ruth Ferguson Hinzpeter. He married Diane Adams Aug. 26, 1978, in Lyons. He was a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater and was self-employed as an auto mechanic at Vista Automotive, with many loyal customers. One of his passions was working on race cars during his early automotive career.

Mike loved the outdoors and time spent camping, hunting and fishing. This last hunting season was one of Mike’s best. In October, he hunted near Buffalo, Wyo., with is son, brother and friends and harvested a trophy antelope. This winter, Mike was also fortunate enough to shoot a buck during muzzleloader season. Mike enjoyed sharing his homemade pickles and dilly beans with friends and strangers alike.

Surviving are his mother, Ruth; his wife, Diane; daughter, Marin (James) Darsie, Durham, N.C.; son, Sean, Walworth; and brother, David (Sara) Hinzpeter, Cody, Wyo.

He was preceded in death by his father.

Memorial services will be held at noon, Saturday, Feb. 8, at the Steinke Funeral Home, Lake Geneva, with the Rev. James Schuerman, from St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church, officiating. Visitation will be from 9 a.m. until the time of services at the funeral home. For online guest registry, go to www.steinkefuneralhomeinc.com.

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